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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI is the world's leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities, 450 large cities and urban regions as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 83 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low- carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities. At a global level, ICLEI supports local governments in advocacy and representation at international sustainable development forums (www.iclei.org). On the ground ICLEI offers a wide suite of training and capacity building tools and projects, local sustainability planning and project implementation, exchange programmes, sharing of good practice and building leadership and networks in an urban context - all towards more sustainable, resilient and efficient cities and towns across the globe.

The ICLEI Africa Secretariat (www.iclei.org/africa) is based in Cape Town, South Africa and collaborates closely with the global ICLEI network and other regional offices around the world, in sharing tools, materials and strategies and good practices specifically designed and implemented at the local level.

ICLEI Africa's main focus areas are:

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Urban Biodiversity (Local Action Biodiversity Initiative)
  • Sustainable Urban Planning and Development.

In addition to the work done in Africa, ICLEI Africa is home to the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center (www.cbc.iclei.org) which has ICLEI's mandate to engage globally with local governments on biodiversity-related matters. The Center's activities are based on promoting the concept of natural capital and addressing the degradation of ecosystem goods and services that underpin human well-being. It is also home to ICLEI's global flagship biodiversity programme, namely Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB).

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